Bug Hotel: large


Bug Hotels are manmade structures created to provide shelter and nesting sites for insects. Bug Hotels substitute the natural debris gardeners often remove and provide a safe and natural environment. Insects have an important role as pollinators, so providing this refuge is vital to the ecosystem.

Each Bug Hotel is unique in finish and fillers, they are all charming.

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Reach make Bug Hotels in 3 sizes. Dimensions and weights will vary as all are ever so slightly different – unique! But should not be any bigger or heavier than detailed below.

  • Large Bug Hotel
    33cm tall x 33cm wide x 8cm deep
    Weight 1.5kg
  • Medium Bug Hotel (view here)
    25.5cm tall x 16cm wide x 12.5cm, roof depth, 9.5cm case depth
    Weight 1.5kg
  • Small Bug Hotel (view here)
    26cm tall x 12cms wide x 11cm, roof widest, 10cm case depth
    Weight 0.75kg

Flower Pod logoThe Bug Hotel Story

Our unique social enterprise in Southwell, Nottinghamshire offers people with learning disabilities the opportunity to enrich their lives through horticulture. The flowers we cultivate and products we make are bought by local people, brightening up homes, businesses and celebrations throughout the community.

During Coronavirus we have not been able to welcome volunteers to work directly with clients but brilliantly, they have continued to support us.

One of our local volunteers Brian, has made bug house cases from upcycled pallet wood at home. To thank Brian, we give him a bouquet of our seasonal flowers when we collect the boxes. Brian gives the flowers to his neighbour to thank her for supporting him during these exceptional and challenging times.

The bug hotels are filled by clients at Flower Pod Southwell or volunteers working remotely, with dried plant material from our garden, or foraged when we go for a walk in the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Everyone who wants to, takes part. Tom, one of our clients loves to sand the cases and sees his role as an important one, “It’s like a job for me, and I’m doing my bit to help the charity. I’d be bored and depressed at home all the time, coming to Reach really makes me feel good”.

Instructions for your Bug Hotel

Each bug house is unique in finish and fillers but they are all charming.

Your insect hotel needs to be popped in a sheltered, quiet part of the garden, out of the wind. It will be okay in a shady place as many insects like damp conditions. A sunny spot will help to attract solitary bees. You will get new residents more quickly if you put the hotel near insect hotspots, like a hedge, flower beds or a pond. To stop it getting too wet, place on a pile of stones or hang on a wall or tree, but no more than about 1.5m off the ground.

Reach Learning Disability logoMore about Reach

Reach is a Nottinghamshire charity supporting people with learning disabilities to live happier, healthier lives in their community.  People with learning disabilities in our county face a higher than average risk of poor health, loneliness and social isolation. Reach centres Reach SouthwellReach NewarkReach MansfieldFlower Pod and Flower Pod Newark support people with learning disabilities to enjoy a better quality of life in their own community. Reach do this by offering courses, social activities, holidays and best practice projects to find new solutions to problems.  Reach also offer quality one-to-one care support through Reach Learning Disability Care CIC (rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission).


Additional information

Weight 1500 g
Dimensions 330 × 330 × 80 mm